Sounds of Silence | Chicago Reader

Sounds of Silence

In this 2005 video documentary Amir Hamz and Mark Lazarz observe how Iran's youth explosion has kids champing at the bit for self-expression and the pleasures of pop culture. Rock and hip-hop artists explain the arcane, seemingly illogical process of having music approved by the government's Ministry of Cultural and Islamic Guidance, which has a strong hostility toward anything but traditional or classical sounds. Amid staged performance footage and homemade music videos, the performers assert their devotion to making music regardless of the potential exposure—a claim undercut by the coda, which explains that some subjects have left Iran or quit playing altogether. In Farsi with subtitles. 87 min.


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